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Passat Wins Midsize Sedan Challenge

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Cars.com Puts Competitors to the Test

When Cars.com, one of the leading consumer sources for information in the automotive industry, brings nine of the leading mid-size sedans together for a comparison, it’s wise to listen to the results. The Volkswagen Passat, which finished third in the previous competition two years ago, was the clear winner in 2016. Citing a smooth 1.8-liter engine, outstanding driving performance and quick acceleration, the judges awarded the Passat the honor mostly based on the fact it is the most fun car of the lot to drive. See how much fun you can have on four wheels by taking a Passat for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen.

Quality Interior Combines With Comfort

Although some categories were closer than others, the judges voted the Passat the clear winner for both interior quality and comfort. “The Passat’s cushy seats, and pleasant ride and handling balance make it long-trip comfortable,” according to one judge. “Even though you know it’s roomy inside, the amount of rear seat space will still surprise you. This is the best backseat in the test,” said another. Judges agreed that the upscale materials used for the driver and passenger are the same used for the rear seat occupants, which was not the case for some other cars.

Passat Give You Choice of Power Plants

If you want the best efficiency, choose the standard 1.8L engine that delivers 38 mpg on the highway. While that motor has plenty of pop for merging onto the freeway or getting yourself out of trouble in a hurry, people who like a tad more performance will probably opt for the V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. Both engines come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission that has a “Sport” option to up the ante a bit when you’re out sowing some wild oats.

Remember, Safety First

The Volkswagen Passat has a whole suite of available driver assistance features to help keep you and your occupants safe on the road. The Forward Collision Warning System uses sensors to determine if a front impact is on the horizon. It gives you an audible warning, and if you do not act, it then applies the brakes. Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist are other measures available to help you avoid collisions. Get a more thorough explanation of all the available safety features when you head over to Chapman Volkswagen for a test drive.

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Sit Back and Enjoy Those Plush Leather Seats

Opt for the seats covered in soft Vienna leather and the Volkswagen Touareg crosses the line from a fun-to-drive full-size SUV into a luxurious living room on wheels. Starting at $42,705, the Touareg certainly isn’t the least expensive SUV you can buy, but when compared to luxury models costing tens of thousands of dollars more, it starts to resemble a virtual bargain. Ventilated front seats have standard eight-way power adjustability, so you can choose that perfect position before heading out on the road. Dual-zone climate control helps keep everyone comfortable no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside. Test drive the Touareg today at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale and see what German engineering and craftsmanship can accomplish.

Standard All-Wheel Drive Keeps You in Control

When the road conditions get dicey, the Touareg’s standard all-wheel drive system will help keep you in control and moving safely along to your destination. With a 3.6L V6 engine generating 280 horsepower, you have plenty of performance to safely do a freeway merge or get around a large truck on a mountain pass. The Touareg also offers a towing capacity of 7,716 pounds, which is plenty for most recreational needs like a boat or travel trailer. The Touareg offers a 40/20/40 folding rear seat that provides incredible versatility for carrying people and cargo. Even with all that power and people-hauling capability, the Touareg still gets a very respectable 23 mpg on the highway.

Stay Connected With Touchscreen Technology

Whether you want real-time traffic updates, 3D navigation or just want to kick back and relax to some concert quality sound, the Volkswagen Touareg offers the infotainment system to suit your desires. Choose from a 6.5-inch or 8-inch touchscreen. Other technology includes an overhead camera that gives you a 360-degree birds eye view around your vehicle, as well as a complete suite of sensor and camera-activated driver assistance safety features. Front Assist includes a forward collision warning system that not only warns you of an impending crash, but also applies emergency braking if you fail to act. Side Assist helps you locate vehicles in your blind spot, while Lane Assist issues a warning if you are drifting between lanes without using your turn signal. Adaptive Cruise Control keeps a safe distance between you and the car in front. Park Pilot helps you get the full-size SUV into those tight urban parking spots while avoiding those annoying fender benders. See how all these features combine to make the Touareg the affordable choice for the luxury SUV buyer by taking a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Passat Takes Top Honors in Midsize Category

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Consumer Website Praises VW Midsize Sedan

Cars.com, a trusted consumer website that offers vehicle reviews, prices and other auto industry news, has selected the 2016 Volkswagen Passat as the winner of its Midsize Sedan Challenge. The Passat won against eight of its competitors, with judges praising its capacity, sporty driving experience and safety. “We are thrilled for the Passat to be named Best Midsize Sedan by Cars.com against such formidable competition,” according to VW America President Hinrich J. Woebcken. “The Passat offers the perfect combination of sophisticated styling, outstanding App-Connect technology, and the great driving dynamics that Volkswagen is known for, making it an outstanding consumer value.” If you’re in the market for a midsize sedan, swing by Chapman Volkswagen and test drive the new Passat.

Passat Built for Modern Lifestyle

The VW Passat is built for today’s modern lifestyle, with a full suite of available technology that includes Bluetooth streaming, Wi-Fi connectivity and a turbocharged engine that not only delivers great performance but also outstanding fuel economy. The Passat comes standard with the 1.8L turbocharged engine that delivers 38 mpg on the highway. If you’d like a little more power, just opt in for the V6 motor that pumps out 280 fun-filled horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the Passat, with an available Sport mode that ratchets up the fun. Also standard is a touchscreen infotainment system that is outfitted with a rearview camera, helping you avoid cars, pedestrians and other obstacles as you back up.

Driver Assistance Helps Avoid Collisions

There is an entire suite of sensor-based driver assistance features available with the Passat to help you stay safe and get your precious cargo from Point A to Point B. Start with the Forward Collision Warning system that not only lets you know of an impending front end collision, but also applies the brakes if you don’t react. Blind Spot Monitors keep an eye out in those dark spaces you can’t see, while Rear Traffic Alert senses traffic or pedestrians cross your path from the rear. If you start to drift without using your turn signal, Lane Assist will first warn you and then help you keep on your intended path. Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front, even applying the brakes if necessary. Park Assist and Park Pilot help you fit in those narrow spots in the city.

Passat Also Won Award in 2012

“The Passat came in first place with both our expert judges and in-market shoppers,” according to Cars.com editor-in-chief Patrick Olsen. “This midsize sedan is a refreshed version of the Passat that won Cars.com’s Best of 2012 award; It’s still tremendously roomy and for 2016 got a ton of tech upgrades like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.” Olsen went on to say the Volkswagen Passat scored big points because it is so fun to drive. See what a dynamic driving experience is like by taking the Passat for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen.

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Alltrack Leads Changes at VW

The all-wheel drive VW Golf Alltrack is the most exciting change coming to the automaker’s lineup for 2017. With a practical use that includes hauling people and stuff, the Alltrack also delivers a fun driving experience that is a cut above other all-wheel drive wagons. The 170 horsepower 1.8L TSI turbocharged engine will first be paired with an automatic transmission. A manual option for those who like to pound through the gears will come later in the model year. “We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” said VW marketing VP Joerg Sommer. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the lifestyle needs of our customers.” The Alltrack will make its way to Chapman Volkswagen, your Scottsdale VW dealer, this fall.

Beetle Offering New Looks for 2017

The mainstay of the VW line has some fresh looks and some blasts from the past for 2017. Along with the retro look of the Classic Beetle coming back, VW is also introducing the #PinkBeetle (yes, the hashtag is part of the name), and the Dune convertible. The Classic Beetle hearkens back to yesteryear when the cute little Bug was the car of choice for many young people who just needed reliable transportation. The 2017 model does have a retro look, but also includes modern connectivity features like VW Car-Net, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. The #PinkBeetle offers a stunning fuchsia metallic color both on the outside and for interior accents. The Dune convertible also comes out for the 2017 model year, with a rugged exterior, increased ride height and golden color that inspires a trip to the beach.

Other Models Updated for 2017

VW has made updates to many of its models for the coming year, including a suite of safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to the CC. The Golf will come with an upscale version called the Wolfsburg, which adds a sunroof, leatherette seating, keyless access, push-button start, heated front seats and much more to the S model package. If you’re interested in the Golf GTI, it has a new Sport trim model with a performance package that includes superior braking, electronic torque sensing, limited-slip rear end and 10 horsepower increase from the previous year. The Jetta lineup now just consists of four models, including the S, SE, SEL and SEL premium. There will no longer be a Jetta Hybrid. Changes are also coming to the Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. Stop by Chapman Volkswagen to find out more details on the new model year.

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#PinkBeetle Gets its Own Hashtag

In an effort to hop on the social media train, as well as market to consumers whose favorite colors are “blush” or “bashful,” VW announced that a #PinkBeetle will have a limited production run in 2017. First unveiled as a concept vehicle in 2015, #PinkBeetle is coated with a Fresh Fuschia Metallic paint and adorned with a stunning interior trim package that definitely makes it the hottest Beetle in town. #PinkBeetle will only be available in limited quantities, so it’s wise to inquire at Chapman VW Scottsdale now about the possibility of securing one of these collector items.

Comes in Convertible or Coupe

#PinkBeetle will come in either a convertible or coupe, powered by a 1.8L turbocharged engine that produces 170 horsepower. Expect the #PinkBeetle to be a trending topic on Twitter when it finally comes for sale, as the paint job is set off with glossy black mirror caps and running boards. Seventeen-inch alloy multi-spoke wheels add a little flair for the coupe. The convertible sports 18-inch Twister wheels that have five spokes. Both models come with LED running lights and taillights, as well as Bi-Xenon headlights.

Black and Pink Dresses up Interior

The interior of the new #PinkBeetle has a black dashpad that’s enhanced with a pink accent. Pink Club seats are similar to the plaid seats that come with the GTI, except these have pinstriping with a pink hue instead of the traditional red. The new #PinkBeetle comes with VW’s MIB II entertainment and communication system. With App-Connect technology, you can take advantage of a limited number of apps from your phone by using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. Make hands-free phone calls, respond to text messages or stream your favorite audio books or music with ease. The MIB II infotainment system has an integrated sensor that knows when your hand is near the 6.3-inch touchscreen. It automatically changes the menu to allow easy selection of different features. Keyless access, push-button start, a rearview mirror and heated front seats are some other standard equipment of the #PinkBeetle.

No Price Announced Yet

Although the price tag for the new #PinkBeetle has not yet been announced, you can get a new Beetle now from Chapman VW Scottsdale with a starting MSRP of under $20,000. That’s a small price to pay for an iconic vehicle that gets 34 mpg and offers an unlimited amount of fun.

Volkswagen Considering Larger EV Platform

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VW on Fast Track to Generate EVs

Now on a quick pace to produce electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes, Volkswagen is considering the use of the MEB (modular electric kit) platform that uses a flat floor battery as the underpinning for larger vehicles, such as the much talked about new Bus. Although you shouldn’t expect any electric busses to show up on the showroom floor at your Scottsdale Volkswagen dealer, Chapman Volkswagen, for at least a couple of years, the MEB platform is much more scalable than other chassis systems. VW can easily adjust the length and width of the vehicle, as well as the position of the seats. VW says that electric vehicles don’t have to be as large as comparable gas powered cars since the lack of a driveshaft tunnel automatically creates more room.

e-Golf Delivers 126 MPGe

Volkswagen already offers one of the best electric vehicles on the market with the e-Golf. This sporty little hatchback has a range of 83 miles per charge, much more than the average two-way commute. The 115-horsepower electric motor delivers almost 200 pound feet of torque, or enough to make you sit up straight and notice as it merges onto a freeway. Three different driving modes let you pick between power and maximum efficiency, while three different regenerative braking modes charge up the battery to keep you going strong.

Charge at Home, on the Road or at VW Dealership

Most people choose to charge their e-Golf at home with the available 240V quick charge setup, but there are more than 22,000 charging points available out on the open road. You can also choose to charge your VW at Chapman VW Scottsdale, or any other dealership. The e-Golf comes in two different trim levels, starting with the SE. The SE still has a number of standard features, including keyless access, push button start and a touchscreen infotainment system. The SEL Premium model adds LED headlights, an onboard charger and touchscreen navigation.

Jetta Hybrid Scores 48 MPG

If you’re in a rush for a fuel-efficient vehicle, look no further than the Jetta Hybrid. This mid-size sedan has plenty of seating for five adults and delivers 48 mpg on the highway. Bi-Xenon headlights, touchscreen navigation and park distance control are all standard features. The Jetta Hybrid is powered by a combination electric engine and 150-horsepower gas motor. Check out the Jetta Hybrid or e-Golf as well as the entire Scottsdale Volkswagen inventory today with a visit to Chapman Volkswagen.

VW Unveils Enthusiast Show Fleet

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VW Takes Jazzed Up Fleet All Over America

Volkswagen has already started its annual Summer Enthusiast Show Fleet tour for 2016, taking a whole fleet of top performance VWs around the country for fans to enjoy. These VWs are not just the cream of the crop, they are also decked out in wild colors with special wheels to show fans just how creative a Volkswagen can be. The result is a rich collection of cars that pay homage to the tradition of VW with a modern touch. See the latest VW inventory with a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Golf GTI Pumps Up the Purple

A stunning purple paint job and special wheels show off the possibilities when it comes to one of VW’s most popular hatchbacks. The Golf GTI enthusiast vehicle is lowered with a set of 20-inch gold forged wheels. The wheel color transfers over to the door stripe, which is mirrored again on the cargo carrier on top. This little monster shows how you can haul cargo and people while still having a fun time. It, along with other special vehicles, will be on display in Fontana, CA at the Fastivus show August 13 and 14.

Golf 1.8T Delivers Classic Look

Utilizing the Ball Green paint hue that was made famous on the Mk 1 VW Rabbit, the Golf 1.8T that VW is putting on display utilizes a classic look with some special flair. Once again, gold spoke wheels deliver a feeling of richness, with that color carried over into the yellow-tinted headlights. This car also sits a couple of inches lower than normal because of special performance coilovers. The black stripe on the doors adds the finishing touch.

Passat Speaks to Air Ride Contingent

The Passat that VW is offering up for this special tour is specially made for all the air ride suspension fans in America. A custom leveling air suspension package not only lets the driver adjust the height of the car, but delivers a ride that is literally like sitting on air. A “Satin Ocean Shimmer” wrap delivers a sheen that is popular with many VW fans. Michelin Pilot Sport tires are fitted onto 20-inch wheels.

Golf R Finds Inspiration in U.K. Scirocco

A black Scirocco GT that’s only available in the United Kingdom serves as the inspiration for the black Golf R that’s part of the enthusiast tour. Designers have wrapped the roof of the show car in a black matte finish, which compliments the sport tires. Although you can’t buy any of these cars, you can remind yourself just how fun a VW is to drive by taking a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Tiguan Remains Strong VW Performer

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Americans Love Their SUVs

The midsize Volkswagen Tiguan remains a strong performer in the SUV market, increasing sales more than 58 percent for April over the previous year. By moving 3,804 units in North America, Tiguan is one of the sales leaders for VW, following only the Golf, Jetta and Passat. “We are pleased with the performance in our retail business, driven by vehicles like the Tiguan, GTI and Golf R,” according to VW America CEO Mark McNabb. Take a Tiguan for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale and marvel at the comfort, performance and technology.

200 Horses Create Turbocharged Excitement

Once you’re done admiring the exterior beauty of the VW Tiguan, slip behind the wheel and see just how much fun can be created from 200 turbocharged horsepower. Add 4MOTION all-wheel drive for help straightening out those curves or taking command on an icy road. A 6-speed automatic shifts seamlessly through the gears, getting the maximum performance and power out of the TSI engine. With 26 mpg on the highway, you’ll be passing those gas station stops and leaving other SUVs in your dust.

Interior has Room for Five

With a 60/40 split rear folding seat and comfortable leather covered buckets in the front, the Tiguan has room for five adults or a variety of cargo. Rear tie down buckles keep your gear in place with plenty of cargo space behind the upright rear seats. If you’re packing skis or golf clubs, just fold down one seat and still have room for four adults. Long journeys are made more comfortable with the nicely-padded seats, panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Keyless access lets you open all the doors by pulling on just one door handle, and push button start gets you on your way without fumbling for keys.

Tiguan R-Line Adds Some Flair

For a little beefier appearance on the road, step up to the R-Line package which adds side skirts, a cool rear bumper and enhanced wheel arches. The result is an SUV with a strong, stylish attitude. A rear spoiler provides downforce and sport suspension is tuned to let you feel the road, resulting in an improved driving experience whether you’re taking the kids to school or heading out to the slopes for a weekend of skiing. VW Car-Net App Connect keeps you in touch with the rest of the world, whether you want to stream music, check your text messages or plan a route. See all the features the Volkswagen Tiguan has to offer by taking a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

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All-wheel Drive Model Based on SportWagen

If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s more than capable of travelling off-road while providing a fun and sporty daily driver, wait until this fall and head to Chapman VW Scottsdale to see the all-new 2017 VW Golf Alltrack. Based on the design of the Golf SportWagen, the Alltrack will provide a sportier driving experience than traditional off-road SUVs. “We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” according to Volkswagen of America vice president Joerg Sommer. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the active lifestyle needs of our customers.”

4MOTION All-wheel Drive Key to Off-road Survival

VW’s patented 4MOTION all-wheel drive system acts as a front-wheel drive vehicle during normal operation, but as soon as it feels the wheels losing traction, it delivers up to 50 percent of available power to the rear axle. Electronic differential locks on both axles work with electronic stability control to keep you in charge and your vehicle moving forward, whether you’re on ice and snow or traversing a rocky trail. By briefly applying the brakes to a wheel that is slipping, the 4MOTION system enables a transfer of power to the wheel on the opposite side. Additionally, the Alltrack delivers almost an additional inch of ground clearance as opposed to the SportWagen. Choose “Off-road Mode” from the drive selector and you get the benefit of hill descent control, which helps when maneuvering down steep trails

More Aggressive Look Differentiates Alltrack

With beefier cladding, strong bumpers and side sill protection, the Alltrack is built for conditions that other small vehicles may not want to encounter. This good-looking vehicle integrates a special honeycomb grille surrounded by foglights for an aggressive off-road look. Silver details and roof rails provide a sophisticated touch. The interior of the Alltrack is very upscale, with leatherette seating, aluminum foot pedals and badging that makes this special wagon unique. Ambient lighting and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system adds to the luxurious feel.

Safety Systems Help Protect Precious Cargo

The attention to safety includes at least six airbags, stability control and a post-collision braking system that helps minimize damage in the event of a wreck. Other available safety systems include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and park assist. See the new 2017 VW Golf Alltrack this fall in the showroom at Chapman VW Scottsdale.

Golf Lineup Part of 10Best for Ten Years

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Golf Keeps Cruising Along

As the crown jewel of the automaker’s lineup, the Volkswagen Golf continues to impress both consumers and auto journalists. The Golf has made “Car and Driver” magazine’s “10Best” list for 10 consecutive years. Calling the Golf a “true world car,” the editors at “Car and Driver” say the Golf works as well in the heart of Texas as it does in Germany. A devotion to detail and an assembly line process that minimizes the shake, rattle and roll of other small cars puts the Golf at the top of the list of affordable, fun commuter vehicles. Test drive the latest version of the Golf today at Chapman VW Scottsdale.

Golf Comes in Variety of Configurations

One of the best things about a Golf is that it provides so many options. From the basic modern hatchback, the Golf has evolved into the sporty GTI, the uber performance Golf R and now the all-electric e-Golf. No matter which model you choose, the Volkswagen Golf is an urban enjoyment vehicle, providing plenty of room for people and cargo with the zip and maneuverability of a small sports car. The Golf comes with a 1.8L turbocharged engine that delivers 170 horsepower. Large 17-inch wheels give you plenty of bit to hug those tight corners or beat the competition to the last parking spot in front of the coffee shop. Volkswagen focuses the interior design on the driver, putting all controls in an ergonomic layout within a finger’s reach.

Not Only Fun, But Safe As Well

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is loaded with available safety features that help you and your precious cargo arrive at your destination unharmed. Front assist includes a forward collision warning system that first warns you of trouble, then takes over the braking if you fail to react quickly enough. Blind spot monitoring keeps you aware of those drivers who lurk in problem areas, and rear traffic alert helps by letting you know something’s about to pass by your rear bumper. Lane assist, park assist, adaptive cruise control and park pilot help keep those fender benders at bay.

Special Offers Available on Golf Now

Act quickly because they’re only available for a limited time, but VWs has special rewards and financing options available for Golf. Pick up a $1,000 reward card when purchasing a new Golf, or lease a Golf 4-door S for just $219 a month. Highly qualified customers can get 1.9 percent financing on a 2016 Golf. Check in with the finance team at Chapman VW Scottsdale for all the details on local offers.